The Los Angeles Angels acquire Jon Garland from the White Sox for Orlando Cabrera

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Tuesday 20 November 2007 at 10:06 pm

The Angels have acquired righty starter Jon Garland from the White Sox for Orlando Cabrera. This was a good move by the Angels to get value for Cabrera who was coming off of a career season in which he hit .301 (.742 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 8 homers, 86 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The Angels will likely open up the position for battle in Spring Training between Maicer Izturis or Erick Aybar. The Angels will likely suffer on offense but the defense should at least be equal to last season. Also, the Angels are trying to make a move for a big hitter (Miguel Cabrera?) which will easily help off-set losing Orlando Cabrera. Garland will step right into the #4 spot in the rotation for the Angels and he’s a pretty good one. Look for him to benefit from moving away from Chicago’s launching pad. Last season, Garland started 32 games and he was 10-13 with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. For his career to date, Garland has pitched in 246 games (233 starts) and he is 92-81 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. This was a good old fashioned baseball trade that will likely help both teams.

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